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ST. PAUL - A new batch of student test results show Minnesota children are coasting along when it comes to math and reading skills. Likewise, policymakers are maintaining familiar positions as they debate the best way to boost student achievement. In the second year of the statewide MCA-II test, students overall showed little considerable gain or drop in proficiency, according to the state Department of Education. Most Minnesota students in grades 3-8 are tested in math and reading.
The 22-year-old woman who fell to her death from the Ninth Street bridge in Duluth Friday has been identified as Elizabeth Marie Benrud of Goodhue, Minn. Benrud, a 2007 graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, fell about 100 feet into Chester Creek around 11 a.m. Friday.
Dustin Carlson of Hermantown and Bob Benson of Chetek, Wis., won the Minnesota Muskie Tournament Trail event on July 20-21 at Lake Vermilion. The two anglers won a combined $6,000, along with rods and reels, Carlson said. Carlson and Benson caught two muskies, 51 inches and 41 inches long, on Friday, the first day of the tournament, then came back to catch muskies of 41 and 41½ inches the second day.
ST. PAUL - An agriculture policy debate often defined by regional differences took on a decidedly partisan tone Thursday in Congress. As the U.S. House began debate on a new five-year farm bill, Republicans decried the last-minute addition of a tax provision while Democrats claimed opponents were trying to stall progress on legislation that had garnered the backing of more than 100 farm, energy and conservation groups. Months in the making, the $286 billion bill grew increasingly controversial in the hours leading up to the debate.
Campfires will be restricted in the 1999 blow-down area of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. After that, campfires, charcoal or wood-burning camp stoves will be allowed only between the hours of 7 p.m.
An 86-year-old Red Wing man drowned Tuesday morning while fishing alone at park in downtown Red Wing. The man was later identified as Howard Korsten. Authorities said Korsten was standing on a spot known as Levee Wall when he fell into the river. The concrete area is pitched toward the water and has no railing. Friends of Korsten told police they became concerned after spotting his fishing gear on the wall but saw nobody around. They ran to the site and found their friend unresponsive in the water.
"Presidential Courage," by Michael Beschloss (Simon & Schuster, $28) is subtitled "Brave Leaders and How They Changed America: 1789-1989." Beschloss is NBC's presidential correspondent and author of eight books about the American presidency. In his new book he plays no favorites, mentioning Republicans and Democrats alike who risked their own careers to do what they thought was right. Beschloss shows us Teddy Roosevelt taunting J.P.
MINNEAPOLIS - Benji Wilebski's birthday's been a grand slam. Benji, who turns 9 today, got a chance to manage the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night, discussing strategy and the starting lineup with regular Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire. Picking the starting lineup was the only thing on which they didn't see eye to eye. "I switched (Michael) Cuddyer and (Justin) Morneau around," Benji said after the two of them exchanged lineups with the umpires and Detroit Manager Jim Leyland just before the game began.
While the cause of deaths of four white tiger cubs this week at a traveling exhibit in Duluth is still unknown, the operator of the exhibit faces numerous charges by the USDA for mistreating his animals as well putting them in a position that has caused injuries to the public.
BAGLEY, Minn. -- Tackling energy policy whlie failing to agree on immigration reform, Congress now moves to its next battle -- writing the next five-year farm bill. U.S.